State Chamber to hold economic conference in Dover, Oct. 5


Delaware is small but diverse. As you travel around our three counties, you discover a lot to be learned from the success of our neighbors. We all benefit in the end if we engage in conversation and collaboration to generate job creation. The innovations created from these partnerships will help businesses thrive in Delaware.

On October 5, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce is bringing together business leaders from around the state to participate in an engaging discussion on the ‘live, work, play’ concept regarding economic development. It will be an opportunity to share the good things happening, compare Delaware to the successes around the region, hear innovative ideas, and create new business partnerships.

Cost of the event is $55 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Click here to register.

8:45 am           Registration and Networking

9:15 am           Welcome, Mike Quaranta, President, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce


9:25 am           Developing Delaware: Building a Healthy & Thriving Economy
Governor John Carney, State of Delaware

9:40 am           Lightning Round Presentations: The State of Housing in Each County
Matt Meyer, County Executive, New Castle County
Ken Decker, County Administrator, Kent County
Todd Lawson, County Administrator, Sussex County

10:00 am         Delaware’s Housing Puzzle
Moderator, Eileen Divringi, Community Development Research Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Eugene Young, Director, Delaware State Housing Authority
Sean Kelly, Executive Vice President, Leon N. Weiner & Associates
Christine Lauser, Director of Human Resources, TKo Hospitality
Ashley Foster, Chief People Officer, Beebe Healthcare

10:45 am         Connecting the Creative Economy to Growth
Moderator, Neil Kirschling, Executive Director, Delaware Arts Alliance
Mati Bonetti de Buccini, Partner & Director, Atelier Delaware
Molly Giordano, Executive Director, Delaware Art Museum
Cheryl Mack, Owner, Bridge Art Gallery
Molly Williams, Program & Events Director, Carl M. Freeman Foundation

11:30 am         Buffet Lunch

12:00 pm         World-Class Recruitment & Training
Jeff Lynn, President, Central Alabama Community College
Introduction by Kurt Foreman, President & CEO, Delaware Prosperity Partnership